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Old 10-03-2006, 08:14 PM   #1
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Fords Newly designed Focus for 09 Must Be Spectacular

Honda's Civic and Toyota's new Corolla (concept shown at the Paris auto show) are smashing hits and look great. We have must have a home run in the style and design of the new European Focus (due here in 09 or 10). They get one chance to get this right, if they don't Ford will have lost the small car market forever.

Who exactly is in charge of the new Focus design program? What are their influences and did they design other products which may give us insight into their particular taste?

If the new European Focus doesn't hit a home run, I'm definitely going with the new Corolla.


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WHy the corolla? I would rather have a mazda 3s, mazdaspeed 3, civic si, wrx, basically anything other than a toyota. I g hate toyota with a passion. I believe it will atleast be 2010 before we get the euro fofo assuming we even get it at all. They are redesigning it for 08 allready as it is.
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To clarify...they're reskinning the sedan and adding a coupe and dropping the hatches and wagons 08/09 and we're slated to get the next global platform Focus in 2010, not the current Euro MkII Focus built on the C1 chassis.
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WHy the corolla? I would rather have a mazda 3s, mazdaspeed 3, civic si, wrx, basically anything other than a toyota. I g hate toyota with a passion.
is that because they are so unreliable??
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To clarify...they're reskinning the sedan and adding a coupe and dropping the hatches and wagons 08/09 and we're slated to get the next global platform Focus in 2010, not the current Euro MkII Focus built on the C1 chassis.
Not according to the new head of Ford. He is claiming 08 for the Mk2. I know Fields said 2009/2010, but this guy from Boeing means business.
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where'd u hear that at?
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Its been all over the forum for a week or two now...there are spy shots of the reskinned sedan and the new coupe (2008 Focus Coupe Sedan - Spy Pics)

It wouldn't make any sense for them to bring the high-pricetag MkII Focus over here for two years, considering the C1 chassis is getting axed in 2010 anyways. The only other possibility is we don't get the new global platform in 2010, and instead either get the C1 Focus or another 5-10 years on the C170 chassis with a different skin and interior.
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I'm getting a Mazdaspeed 3. Dammit.

The '08 Corolla looks very "Yaris-ish".

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^^^ewwwww....for some reason the trunk is too close to the window...ugly...hopefully we do get that new ford for sure!
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Ford is actually doing well in the small car market at the moment... Focus sales are up and the Mazda 3 is selling as strong as ever. hopefully the new reskin will be descent looking... as for getting the European version, that will probably never happen. the new platform may arrive in 2010, but they have made it clear that Europe and the US will have different design themes. as for those "other" Japanese brands, in my opinion the new Civic is ugly with its cab forward look; the new Sentra is gonna be as ugly as the rest of their sedans; and Toyota can forget it... they haven't produced anything interesting since the last Supra and 2nd gen. MR2... they're in the business of making boring cars for boring people (the masses), totally passionless... that's just my opinion, though
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